Stevia is an herb of the sunflower family, native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America.
The plant is used extensively by the Guarani Indians of South America for more than 1,500 years, and the plant has a long history of medicinal use in Paraguay and Brazil.
The leaves have been traditionally used for hundreds of the years in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten local teas, medicines and as a sweet treat.
Stevia is a natural, non-caloric, sweet-tasting plant used around the world for its pleasant taste.
According ti an article published in www.bewell.com, stevia is an outstanding sweet-tasting Herb that has remarkable health-promoting qualities.
Today, it is grown and used as Food Supplement & Food Ingredient in different countries and now in the Philippines!
The leaf of the Stevia plant contains sweet components called, Steviol Glycosides Stevia rebaudiana bertoni(Scientific name)
Stevia is ideal for dieters and weight watchers because of its zero calorie content. This can be used as food enhancers to sweeten beverages, for baking, and for cooking. One of the benefits of Stevia is to eliminate sugar from the diet or all forms of sugar.
USFDA considered Stevia as GRAS(Generally Recognized as Safe.)
Healthy Sweet for Baking / Cooking
No Impact on Tooth Decay
Decreases Urge for Sweets